Monday, December 10, 2012

Whopper Cookie Bars

 Are you counting down the days yet?

We certainly are.  I love how excited my kids get for the big day.  In the words of my 8 year old, "Why does the days before Christmas take so long to come but Christmas day goes by so fast??!!"

I remember those same feelings as a child.  Now I feel like the days go by too fast also.  Too many traditions to fit in before the big day.

One of the things we love to go do is see the Christmas lights.  There is an amazing house, that is way out in the country, that does the most awesome display of Christmas lights every year.  Pretty much every inch of their property is decorated.  

And since it's quite a drive, we pack up some treats and some delicious hot chocolate (which I found a homemade version that will knock your socks off--I promise I will share soon :) and head out.  We sing Christmas songs on the way out, look at the lights, and then enjoy our treats.

These whopper bars were a hit.  They are perfect combo with the hot chocolate but also super tasty all by their lonesome.  At least that's what everybody else said.  And it's probably true since there were none left.

Whopper Cookie Bars

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Cookie Base:
3/4 cup butter flavored Crisco
2 tbsp skim milk
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup malted milk powder, original
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
12oz pkg milk chocolate chips
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup Ovaltine chocolate malt powder
12oz box Whoppers, slightly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a 15x10 inch pan (jelly roll size with sides) with non stick spray.  Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, beat crisco, milk and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add egg and beat until completely combined. Slowly beat in malted milk powder, flour, salt and baking soda. Press cookie dough into prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the top. Remove from oven.

3. While base is cooking, prepare topping. In a large sauce pan, heat sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Add in chocolate chips and heat until smooth, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and whisk in ovaltine powder. Pour onto baked cookie crust.

4. Put whoppers into a large ziploc bag. Lay bag on a cutting board and whack it 2-3 times with a rolling. You don't want them turned into powder, just broken up a little bit. Press whoppers into fudge layer and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Source: Shugary Sweets
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